Leaving Kids in the Car in the Summer Heat is Now a Crime

Florida now has a law aimed at preventing leaving children in cars. The goal is make people aware of the dangers. According to Tampa Bay Online, an average of 36 children die each year because they were left in cars. A child in West Palm Beach recently died after being left in his mother’s car on her wedding day under the hot summer sun.

It is a second degree misdemeanor to leave a child under 6 years-old in a car for more than 15 minutes. That means you could spend up to 60 days in jail if convicted of the criminal charge. If the child is hurt, you could be facing a third degree felony punishable for up to 5 years in prison.